Two Breaking Bad writers have joined the staff of Better Call Saul.
Thomas Schnauz and Gennifer Hutchison will join Peter Gould in the writers room for the spinoff series. According to Variety, Schnauz will serve as co-executive producer and Hutchinson will serve as supervising producer.
Schnauz also served as co-executive producer on Breaking Bad and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for “Say My Name,” which he also directed. His previous writing credits include The X-Files, Reaper, Night Stalker, and The Lone Gunmen.
Prior to Breaking Bad, Hutchinson worked in the production staff for The Lone Gunmen, The X-Files, Star Trek: Enterprise, Grey’s Anatomy, and Mad Men. She became an executive story editor for the final season of Breaking Bad, and wrote the episodes “Buyout” and “Confessions.”
The complete first season of Better Call Saul will stream on Netflix after the season finale airs on TV.
“Breaking Bad is widely recognized as one of the great TV experiences in this new golden age of television,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said. “It has also proven very popular with Netflix subscribers around the world. This spin-off promises to continue its tradition of powerful storytelling.”
Peter Gould, who created the character of Saul Goodman, recently hinted that Better Call Saul could be a courtroom drama. Gould said he has been spending time in courtrooms for research, which suggest that the spinoff could go in a different direction than its predecessor. Throughout Breaking Bad, it was implied that Saul wasn’t from Albuquerque, so there is also the possibility that the series will take place in a new city.
“You really learn about a character through what they do, not where they were or who they were. You really learn about them through behavior,” Gould said. “We sketched in loosely some ideas, and he certainly said a few things over the years that give you a feeling of where he’s from.”